Student Life

Life at Gould

Gould Life is About You

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  • Who you are right now and who you can become

    Student Life at Gould isn’t all about academics, athletics, on-snow programs, or even the arts (although we excel in providing exceptional experiences in all of those areas), it’s about friendship, mentorship, and being a part of a community. We recognize that you have your own unique interests and curiosities. Gould provides a balanced experience that includes belonging to a community that will challenge and support you, and having direct access to programs, traditions, and everyday life experiences that shape who you are as an individual and as a community member.

    After all, Gould Life is about you – who you are right now and who you can become – and taking advantage of the many opportunities that await you.


They are a part of any culture, including ours for over 180 years.

From social events to celebrating our outstanding natural surroundings together, our many traditions keep our community tightly knit. These are just a few to keep in mind:

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  • Graduation

    The end and a new beginning rolled into one very important day where everyone attends.
  • Mountain Day

    Every fall, students look forward to Mountain Day, when the community takes the day off and hikes nearby White Cap Mountain.
  • New Student Orientation

    Upon arriving at Gould, new students adventure into the woods and waterways of western Maine, guided by faculty and student proctors.
  • Polar Bears

    During early morning trips in the spring, brave Polar Bears sacrifice themselves to nearby icy waters – for fun!
  • Residential Competitions

    Every student is assigned to a team based on their advisory group. Games range from impromptu trivia at assemblies to large all-day events like Winter Carnival. At the end of the school year, the team with the most points is awarded as the winner!
  • Snow Ball

    This dinner and formal dance, held in February following Wellness Day, is a special event to celebrate winter.
  • Winter Carnival

    Much like Mountain Day, one day in February classes are canceled and the entire community takes part in Winter Carnival. Teams compete in field games with a winter twist; notable events have included timed sledding runs and a two-person nordic ski race.
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Private High School for Boys and Girls | Grades 9-12, Postgraduate and Winter Term for Grades 7-8 | Boarding School in the Mountains of Maine

Gould Academy guides students to be creative, courageous and resilient and to lead lives of fulfillment and purpose.